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Christopher Charles John (born January 5, 1960), known as Chris John, is an American politician and lobbyist who from 1997 to 2005 served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 7th congressional district, since disbanded and merged into the 3rd district.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 7th district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Jimmy Hayes|
|Succeeded by||Charles Boustany|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives|
from the 42nd district
|Preceded by||Donald Thibodeaux|
|Succeeded by||Gil Pinac|
Christopher Charles John
January 5, 1960
Crowley, Louisiana, U.S.
|Relatives||John Smith (father-in-law)|
|Education||Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (BA)|
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Chris John was born in Crowley in Acadia Parish, one of six children, and reared as a Roman Catholic. He is of Lebanese, French, and German extraction. He attended Notre Dame Catholic High School in Crowley and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a page while his father, John N. John, III, was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. In the early 1980s, he was elected to the Crowley City Council.
Chris John first became a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before he entered the U.S. House. In what was considered a major upset at the time, John defeated the state House incumbent, the former director of the Louisiana State Police, Donald Thibodeaux, in October 1987, by 54 to 46 percent.
Thibodeaux had won a full term in 1983 after having won a special election the year before to fill the unexpired term of John's father, who died in an automobile accident. Chris John served in the state House until 1996, when he finished third with 15 percent of the statewide vote in the 1995 race for lieutenant governor behind the eventual winner (and, who, eight years later, in 2003, became Louisiana's first female chief executive) Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. John narrowly lost the general election berth against Blanco to a fellow state representative, Republican Suzanne Mayfield Krieger of Slidell in St. Tammany Parish.
Terms in Congress: Representative, and run for SenateEdit
In 1996, John was elected to Congress. He defeated fellow Democrat Hunter Lundy in a runoff for the 7th district seat. In 2004, John surrendered his House seat to run for the seat in the U.S. Senate being vacated by popular Democrat and fellow Crowley native John Breaux, who endorsed him.
John, however, was defeated by Republican David Vitter of the New Orleans suburbs in the primary, Vitter garnered 51 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for John. The remainder of the ballots was split between then State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy and the African-American then-state senator Arthur Morrell, both Democrats. John's seat in the House fell into Republican hands, as Charles Boustany won the 7th district with 55 percent of the vote against Democrat Willie Landry Mount. Kennedy later switched parties and succeeded Vitter as senator in 2017.
John is married to Payton Smith of Leesville, whose father, John R. Smith, is a member of the Louisiana State Senate and a former state House member. The Johns have two sons, who are twins. After his House career ended, John worked for two years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.. Since August 2007, he has made his home in Lafayette, where he is chief lobbyist for the United States Oil and Gas Association. (Morning Advocate).
|1996||Christopher John||128,449||53%||(no candidate)||Hunter Lundy||Democratic||113,351||47%|
|1998||Christopher John||*||(no candidate)|
|2000||Christopher John||152,796||83%||(no candidate)||Michael P. Harris||Libertarian||30,687||17%|
|2002||Christopher John||138,659||87%||(no candidate)||Roberto Valletta||Libertarian||21,051||13%|
|2004||Christopher John||542,150||29%||David Vitter||943,014||51%||Richard M. Fontanesi||15,097||1%|
|John Neely Kennedy||275,821||15%||R. A. Skip Galan||12,463||1%|
|Arthur A. Morrell||47,222||3%|
|Sam Houston Melton, Jr.||12,289||1%|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th congressional district
|Party political offices|
John S. Tanner
| Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Communications
Served alongside: Robert E. Cramer (Administration), Charles Stenholm (Policy)
Robert E. Cramer
| Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Administration|
Served alongside: Jim Turner (Communications), Allen Boyd (Policy)
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Louisiana